Our Vision

SanDisk Ventures combines the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of strategic investors. We offer the best-value proposition for our portfolio companies and co-investors alike. We collaborate with cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors who share our vision in memory storage, cloud, data center, mobile, wearables, and big data.

Investments and Exits

We help our partners create value and overcome obstacles and we provide a host of resources to help them succeed. We are committed to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation with a capital fund of $75 million. Our close ties with top tier venture capitalists and other strategic investors, combined with SanDisk’s technologies, resources, and seasoned executives can help you gain a competitive edge.

Investment Distributions




3DR helps people see their world from above. As North America’s largest personal drone company, 3DR is a pioneer in making advanced, easy-to-use drone technology accessible to consumers for a wide range of everyday exploration and photography, and for applications using data analysis, mapping, surveying and 3D modeling for agriculture, construction, infrastructure, search and rescue and ecological study.

For more information, visit http://3drobotics.com/



August builds products that bring a new level of control, security and trust to the home. August’s flagship product, the August Smart Lock, is an intelligent hardware and software access system that secures users’ homes and allows them to also send virtual keys to anyone they would like to have access to their homes. Founded by technology entrepreneur Jason Johnson and renowned designer Yves Béhar, August has raised $50 million in funding to date and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company has opened its cloud platform to trusted developer partners, vetted by August, so they can build new experiences that leverage the August Smart Lock and help grow the Internet of Things connected world.

For more information, visit http://www.august.com



Corephotonics aims to dramatically improve smartphone photography by bridging the quality gap between compact cameras and digital still cameras using cutting-edge computational photography technology. Offering innovative camera designs which involve mechanical, optical and computational components, Corephotonics asserts that central performance limits may be transcended using advanced actuators, multi-aperture optics and advanced image processing algorithms. Corephotonics’ founding team has pioneered computational photography in commercial devices and has been active in the mobile phone market for several years.

For more information, visit http://corephotonics.com



Elastifile is redefining enterprise storage with an all flash solution bridging current and emerging data center architectures. Combining the resiliency and functionality richness of enterprise storage with the agility and cost model efficiency of web scale architecture, Elastifile delivers flash performance to any and all enterprise applications while reducing the CAPEX and OPEX of virtualized data centers and private clouds. 




Magisto is a cloud-based service for creating and sharing professional quality personal movies. It automatically selects the most compelling moments from personal videos and photos and, like an expert video editor, weaves them together to convey a story with customized styles and music. Magisto can be used across iOS and Android platforms, and the Web, and is the highest-rated video creation app in the Google Play and iOS App Stores.

For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Magisto, the Leader in Mobile Video Storytelling


Nexenta Systems

Nexenta Systems is a leader in the fast-growing software defined storage (SDS) market. Nexenta’s software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, scalable and cost-effective storage solutions for both private and public cloud environments. The company has over 5,000 customer deployments with more than 800 petabytes of storage under management. Nexenta partners with key technology vendors, including Dell, Cisco and others, to support cloud deployments built on CloudStack and OpenStack solutions.

For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Software Defined Storage Solutions Leader Nexenta Systems



Panzura allows enterprises to achieve all the benefits of cloud storage in a secure platform while maintaining traditional NAS features and performance and providing global user interconnectivity and centralized storage. The Panzura Global Cloud Storage System integrates with existing infrastructures without changes and with the leading cloud storage platforms. Storage islands disappear, sprawl is reduced or eliminated, CapEx is replaced by OpEx, capacity and data protection costs go down, system management is simplified, and users share joint workflows as needed as if they were local. Panzura: Cloud Storage Made Seamless. Learn more at www.panzura.com

For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Ventures Invests in Cloud Storage Solutions Provider Panzura, Extending Enterprise Storage Focus


Ravello Systems

Ravello Systems, the industry’s leading nested virtualization software company, is driving a fundamental shift in enterprise economics by enabling enterprises to use their choice of leading cloud services, on demand. Enterprises can now achieve the perfect balance of private and public cloud resources by running their applications in any cloud without any migration overhead.

For more information, visit http://www.ravellosystems.com/



Stratoscale is redefining the data center, developing a hardware-agnostic software platform converging compute, storage and networking across the rack or data center. Stratoscale’s software transforms standard x86 servers into a hyper-converged infrastructure solution combining high-performance storage with efficient cloud services, while supporting both containers and virtualization on the same platform. The self-optimizing platform automatically distributes all physical and virtual assets and workloads in real time, delivering “rack-scale economics” to data centers of all sizes with unparalleled efficiency and operational simplicity.

For more information, visit http://www.stratoscale.com/


Tegile Systems

Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Invests in Tegile Systems


Altair Semiconductor

Altair Semiconductor, the leading provider of single-mode LTE solutions, is playing a pivotal role in realizing the vision of the Internet of Everything. By offering LTE-only semiconductor solutions, unhampered by the high cost of 3G silicon, bill-of-materials and patent royalties, Altair is disrupting the ecosystem and enabling, for the first time, the introduction of connected devices at a marginally higher cost than Wi-Fi only devices.

Altair’s products have been qualified by leading wireless carriers globally. More than 30 device makers have selected Altair’s chipsets as their single-mode LTE solution to power more than 80 end-user devices, including tablets, netbooks, USB dongles, portable hotspots, fixed routers and modems, and M2M applications.

Sony acquired Altair Semiconductor in February of 2016 for $212M.


Pebbles Interfaces

Pebbles was acquired by Oculus. Pebbles Interfaces is set to revolutionize the way people interact with the digital world. The company’s technology provides an entirely new meaning to simple and natural human gestures by unifying the interfaces with any device, platform or object, be it a smartphone, PC, smart TV -- from any distance. Peebles Interfaces develops advanced motion sensors that dematerialize physical objects into the digital space, at any range or angle, with no latency. The company’s minimal hardware is being embedded in its partners’ smart products and devices, and is set to reinvent consumer experience.

For more information, please see the press release: SanDisk Invests in Pebbles Interfaces



Whiptail was sold to Cisco for approximately $415 M, a successful exit for SanDisk ventures. Founded in 2008, WHIPTAIL is a data storage-industry innovator powering faster, more energy-efficient computing for today's global businesses via flash storage. The company's technology dramatically accelerates application performance and lowers costs for enterprises harnessing cloud computing, virtualization and big data. Based in Whippany, N.J., WHIPTAIL is run by Wall Street and Fortune 500 IT veterans, and backed by investors including Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures, Spring Mountain Capital, and SanDisk Corporation.



The Team


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Sumit Sadana

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions

Sumit Sadana oversees strategy for SanDisk as the company's chief strategy officer, a role he has held since April 2010. Sadana also serves as SanDisk's general manager of Enterprise Solutions and oversees development and execution of enterprise solutions at the company. Previously, he was president of Sunrise Capital. Prior to that, Sadana was senior vice president of strategy and business development as well as chief technology officer at Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career at IBM where he held several hardware design, software development, operations, strategic planning, business development and general management roles. Sadana earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the compensation committee of the Board of Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ: SLAB), and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Second Harvest Food Bank, serving Silicon Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization.


René Christian Hartner


Mr. Hartner joined SanDisk’s Corporate Strategy team in January 2011. He oversees SanDisk's global M&A, venture capital, and strategic corporate business development activities. Prior to SanDisk, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of VIA optronics and General Manager of VIA optronics' North America and China divisions, where he successfully led the company into the consumer-electronics segment.

Mr. Hartner earned his Diplom-Ingenieur Degree in Vehicle Engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, with a concentration in Airframe Structural Design. He earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.


Aymerik Renard


Mr. Renard joined SanDisk in 2014 and leads North American venture investing across the enterprise, data center, mobile, and Internet of Things sectors.

Mr. Renard has 20 years of business development and venture capital experience, 14 of which he spent as a corporate investor for the Orange-France Telecom Group in North America, investing in start-ups involved in enterprise, consumer, and carrier technologies spanning hardware, software, and services. Mr. Renard’s computing industry career began while he was in college when he served as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer.

Mr. Renard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Information & Decision Systems, with an additional major in Policy & Management, from Carnegie Mellon University.


Amir Fridman


Mr. Fridman leads SanDisk’s corporate business development and venture investment opportunities in Europe and Israel. In addition, Mr. Fridman has served as Director of OEM Strategic Marketing. Previously, he was Director of Mobile BU Strategic Marketing and Product Management. Mr. Fridman joined SanDisk in November 2006 through the acquisition of Msystems Ltd.

Mr. Fridman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar Ilan University and his MBA from Tel Aviv University.


Priyanka Kamat


Ms. Kamat leads SanDisk’s corporate and strategic business development opportunities in North America while also exploring digital media technology venture investment opportunities. She has also been a key contributor in several M&A and post-merger integration activities since 2011. Ms. Kamat started her career in engineering and offers a strong background in product and system development.

Ms. Kamat earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.



Interested in meeting SanDisk Ventures and hearing more about our approach? The team regularly participates and speaks at international venture capital and start-up events throughout the year.

Canadian Financing Forum 2016
March 22-23, 2016
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures

SEVC/Fusion 2016
March 16-17, 2016
Tysons Corner, VA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Alternate Funding/Crowdfunding

Venture Market West 2016
March 1-2, 2016
Mountain View, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Raising Strategic/Corporate Venture Funding
Judge, Startup Pitching Sessions

National Hardware Cup San Jose 2016
March 1, 2016
San Jose, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, How to Build a Successful Hardware Startup
Judge, Hardware Startup Pitch

What's Hot for 2016 Mobile & IoT Investments Corporate Investor Panel
February 22, 2016
San Francisco, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures

HardTalk San Francisco
January 28, 2016
San Francisco, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Fireside Chat

Founders Space Pitch Day
October 23, 2015
San Francisco, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Judge, Startup Pitching Session

Axis Ottawa
October 21, 2015
Ottawa, Canada
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Global Roundtable
Judge, Mobile Startups Pitching Session

Corporate Venture in Brazil
October 19-20, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, International Investing Inside & Outside of the Home Market

TechMatch Slovakia
October 12-16
Bratislava, Slovakia
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures 
Panelist, Global Innovation 
Judge, Startup Competition 

Smart Hardware Startups and the China Connection
October 6, 2015
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Hardware Startup Trends

ACE@Berkeley Speaker Series
August 27, 2015
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Strategic Technology Deals

New York Venture Summit
June 23-24, 2015
New York, NY, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Corporate Venture Capital: What You Need to Know

National Hardware Cup
April 2, 2015
San Jose, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Judge, Startup Competition

SouthEast Venture Conference
March 31-April 1, 2015
Charlotte, NC, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Moderator, Investment Trends Panel

Israel Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition
March 24, 2015
Tel Aviv, Israel
Amir Fridman, Director, Corporate Business Development
Judge, Startup Competition

Venture Summit West
February 10-11, 2015
Mountain View, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Corporate Venture Funding: What You Need to Know

February 2, 2015
Redwood Shores, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Fireside Chat with Jean-Louis Gassée of Allegis Capital

Axis Corporate Edition
December 15, 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel
Amir Fridman, Director, Corporate Business Development
Panelist, HealthTech & Internet of Things

GSA Israel Executive Forum
November 11, 2014 
Herzliya, Israel
Amir Fridman, Director, Corporate Business Development
Keynote Address, Overcoming the IoT Memory Bottleneck

Innovation Enterprise Corporate Venturing Summit
October 21-22, 2014
San Francisco, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Corporate Venture Capital Sustainability
Judge, Startup Pitching Session

Korean Innovation Night
September 25, 2014
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Judge, Startup Pitching Session

Venture Capital & The Internet of Things at Founders Space
September 24, 2014
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Perspectives on IoT
Judge, Startup Pitching Session

Axis Ottawa
September 9-10, 2014
Ottawa, Canada
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Axis Exchange Investor Spotlight
Judge, Mobile Startup Pitching Session

New York Venture Summit
June 16-17, 2014
New York, NY, USA
Aymerik Renard, Director, SanDisk Ventures
Panelist, Corporate VCs and Strategic Funding